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Nov
14
comment Is “Stick no bills” correct English?
I've never heard "stick no bills." The phrase I'm used to is "post no bills." Is this a regionalism? (I'm from Northern California, USA.)
Nov
5
comment Is it a splice comma if an interjection-phrase is involved?
@Jon: "You're welcome" doesn't sound like an interjection to me - it sounds like a complete thought. (Yes, an interjection can be a complete thought, but "you're welcome" doesn't have that staccato, bursty, interjectiony feel.) I'd use a period there.
Nov
5
answered When does the time window start for the term “due”?
Nov
2
comment What is etymology of the term “right up the Wazoo”?
The existence of Wazoo, Washington probably has no more to do with the phrase origin than Hell, Michigan has to do with any hell-related phrases.
Nov
2
comment What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
I have a co-worker who pronounces it "suede-o."
Nov
2
comment formation of comparisons
@Kosmo: your new example works for me. I'm off to ponder why "prone" doesn't work that way in my head.
Nov
2
comment formation of comparisons
@Kosmo - I now understand the distinction you were making -- you clarified that well. I'm not sure, though, that sentence (1) above means that men are prone more often. If I read that sentence, I would take the "more" as meaning "to a greater degree" -- the "higher susceptibility" definition.
Nov
2
comment formation of comparisons
I'm not sure what the difference between "higher susceptibility" and "susceptible...more often" is.
Nov
2
answered wait vs wait up, fall vs. fall down
Nov
2
answered When does the time window start for the term “due”?
Nov
2
comment Pronunciation of “of”
I tried saying it at a more normal speed and still ended up with "A horse is a horse, ov course, ov course." And now I have a different problem: english.stackexchange.com/questions/810
Oct
29
comment Why are baseball statistics called “sabermetrics”?
I used to see it often as SABRmetrics.
Oct
29
comment “To service” vs. “to serve”
"Servicing" is also what a prostitute does to/for a client. It's why I get a little wary any time a business I patronize refers to "servicing" its customers.
Oct
27
comment What punctuation is this sentence missing?
The context of the question was its meaning as buttocks. I don't believe anyone uses "arse" to mean a donkey (though this site has taught me not to be sure about any of my beliefs about usage).
Oct
27
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Oct
23
comment What punctuation is this sentence missing?
@Brian Hooper: One likely would. Does anyone else spell it "ass" or is it only Americans? Does anyone know a website where I could ask that?
Oct
21
comment 'I was using', 'I have used', 'I have been using', 'I had used' - what is the difference amongst these?
"I was using cocaine" may not indicate habitual use, but instead may refer to one's state at a particular time: "When I got into the accident, I was using cocaine."
Oct
21
answered What punctuation is this sentence missing?
Oct
14
revised What are some good sites for researching etymology?
fixed a typo
Oct
2
answered Some techniques to replace infinitives?